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11  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: March 31, 2009 08:32:47 AM
I got this crazy haircut a few weeks ago from Tarrah at Crazy Mullets in Lakewood, OH (no, I don't work for them, but I had to give them credit).  It's a bit more emo than I'm used to Cheesy but I really like it.  I'd like to get a better pic, but for now...



The second pic is me being a goofball in the St. Paddy's parade, but it shows the shape well.  And I dyed parts green.
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12  Re: Pasties (How To) for all you aspiring burlesque queens in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thebeatcowboy on: October 09, 2008 10:06:50 AM
Thanks for the tutorial, especially the estimates on how many yards of sequins you'll need.  Thanks to you, I now have a costume for a very select Halloween party!

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13  Matronly to sassy recons in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by thebeatcowboy on: May 06, 2008 07:46:02 PM
I found this, um, matronly dress while thrift store shopping.  It was one of those "OMG this is so ugly" finds, yet the fabric was a neat turquoise and black leopard print, and despite its Designing Women tendencies, I could see it had potential.

Before:


After:


A couple months later, I found a similar dress and knew if I did it once, I could do it again.

Before:


After:


Both required the removal of shoulder pads and sleeves and adjustment of the width of the bodice.  The blue one was also taken up in the shoulders and neckline, and the hemline was raised.  I raised the waist in the pink one, which also had the effect of raising the hemline, and added some elastic gathering to define the waist.

Hope you like it!  Comments and criticism welcome.

**EDIT!**

I had a brain wave and made one last modification to the pink matronly dress.  It takes care of the slight gappiness of the front bustline and adds, IMHO, a bit of extra style.

New After:
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14  Cigarette girl tray in Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: April 04, 2008 06:51:38 AM
Our roller derby league will be working at the local tattoo convention this weekend, and a pair of girls will be roaming around, one selling merch and the other taking money.  Norma Jean Bruiser, pictured below, had the clever idea that the merch girl could carry her stuff around on one of those cute cigarette girl trays.  Not to leave her partner unadorned, I whipped up a cute lacy half-apron to carry money and make change.

Norma Jean did a beautiful (OCD) job painting the tray.  The letters are self-adhesive cardboard die cuts from the scrapbooking isle.  The adjustable neck strap is cotton webbing attached with screws and washers.  Very simple, very cute Smiley

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15  Pink/black half-apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thebeatcowboy on: April 04, 2008 06:47:08 AM
Our roller derby league will be working at the local tattoo convention this weekend, and a pair of girls will be roaming around, one selling merch and the other taking money.  Norma Jean Bruiser, pictured below, had the clever idea that the merch girl could carry her stuff around on one of those cute cigarette girl trays.  Not to leave her partner unadorned, I whipped up a cute lacy half-apron to carry money and make change. 

Pink cotton, two deep pockets, black lace trim, and ties made from black quilt binding (which made it super duper easy!).





Yes, she's wearing a tea towel for contrast.
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16  Teeth Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by thebeatcowboy on: February 04, 2008 09:46:06 AM
Months of pestering every friend I knew who was having his or her wisdom teeth removed have finally paid off.  My wonderfully indulgent roller derby GM granted my undeniably odd request and, not content to keep all my dead stuff at home, I made myself some new earrings Smiley



32 gauge silver wire, faux-pearl beads, and two wisdom teeth.  I soaked the teethses overnight in a 1:1 bleach/water solution to remove any tissue and decay to make them look nice and white (and because she doesn't want anyone to know she ever had cavities).
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17  Wet-felted flower necklace in Felting: Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: May 04, 2007 08:32:38 AM
Mother's Day present I made for my momma, of course. 



Detail:




Thanks for looking!
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18  Re: Psylocke! Comic geekiness. in Halloween Costumes by thebeatcowboy on: November 02, 2006 06:36:24 AM
Y'know, the only reason I said she was B-list is because I thought you would probably have to have read a comic to know who she was; non-comic-reading america wouldn't know her from the movies or anything.  Jeeze, now I feel like an apologist for comic nerd-dom Wink 

That is totally my real hair.  Many, many hours bleaching then dying it, and I accidentally sent my gf to New Jersey for more hair dye. 

This is as close to a "making-of" I have.  Before, during and after (I look horrible as a blonde!!):


Rogue and Gambit **swoon** I'd love to see pictures!  We need a superhero costume thread on here, if one doesn't already exist.

thunder THUNDER THUNDER THUNDER CATS!
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19  Psylocke! Comic geekiness. in Halloween Costumes by thebeatcowboy on: October 31, 2006 07:42:51 AM
This year I dressed as Psylocke, B-list Marvel Universe comic heroine.  For more info on her history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psylocke


Action shot:


  • Costume: Navy milliskin spandex and nude spandex, cotton belt, back zipper.  It was my first time working with spandex, which was pretty squirrelly to sew, but fairly forgiving in the pattern-making.  I'm particularly proud of how the feet turned out.
  • Shoes: Originally black, painted many layers of blue acrylic and clear gloss coat.  Very uncomfortable.
  • Hair: Special Effects brand, "Pimpin' Purple".  I think I'll keep it.
  • Psy-blade: Craft foam and electrical tape closure.  Thass it.

More pics of me and my Marvel buddies gettin' stupid, check out my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebeatcowboy/

And, because I'm a HUUUUUGE dork...


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20  Re: Painted ballet slippers. in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by thebeatcowboy on: March 19, 2006 01:20:05 PM
here's my take.  just regular fabric paint (the non-puffy kind) and a paint brush.  we'll see how well they hold up.


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